Sunday, December 8, 2013

Two Ugly Christmas Manicures

I love the garishness of Christmas. It's a lot of fun. In my opinion, these are the ugly Christmas Sweaters of manicures. Especially the Christmas trees on the bottom...yikes! For the red one, I used China Glaze Poinsettia and added green metallic balls. For the green one, I used China Glaze Holly-day with an overlay of Sally Hansen Glass Slipper and enormous pieces of Christmas Tree-shaped holographic glitter. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Holiday Manicure

Here's a holiday manicure for you. For this one, I did a base color of green (Zoya Edyta) on my first, middle, and pinky fingers, and a base color of burgundy (OPI Royal Raja Ruby) on my ring finger and thumb. For the stamping polish, I used China Glaze 2030. The stamp on my first finger is from Bundle Monster (?), on my middle finger is Cheeky plate 10, on my ring finger, Cheeky plate 24, and on my pinky, Cheeky plate 6, and on my thumb, Mash plate 73. I also added a yellow rhinestone heart to go with the gold stamp polish. It's kinda loud, but I like it. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Antidote to a Bad Day: Hair and Nails

My friend came to visit me, and I gave her a manicure in gold and black (she is a singer, so she chose the music-themed stamp). I also gave her a braid crown hairstyle (pics below). Good times. 

Black polish is Sally Hansen Black Out
Gold is China Glaze 2030
The stamp is Mash 73

Twisty Braid Crown and Bun

My friend has very fine hair, so I used dry shampoo on it to make it easier to work with. I used Bastiste, which I like a lot. Directions: Part hair. Make one-sided french braids on each side. You do this by instead of adding hair from the right and left sides of the braid, only add from one side (This probably has a name, but I don't know what it is, and a google-search didn't yield anything.). Tie off ends with elastics. Twist braids into bun so that the bottom of the "crown" is visible. Pin. Viola! :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Distressed Dark Fall Manicure

 I love this manicure. I used this technique from Chalkboard Nails and found it very easy and cool-looking. This is good nail art for when you don't have a lot of patience to make it perfect because mistakes can be incorporated into the design. The polishes I used were Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Uptempo Plum (that's the eggplant colored base), Wet n' Wild Chrome Steel in the Spotlight, China Glaze Elephant Walk (that's the grey creme).

Last year, I did punk nails which are similar, but this technique is much quicker and easier.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall Leaves Manicure

I kind of love this manicure. I got my fall nail plate from Vivid Lacquer (number 013) and I love it! I love autumn leaves, and this plate has four kinds, one with a photo-negative look, very modern and cool. I liked the color scheme in this pedicure, so I totally copied it. I left out the 3-D elements, because I prefer the smoothness of a simple manicure, but I tried to copy the generally feeling of it. 

Thumb and middle finger base color: Fingerpaints Catwalk Queen
Pointer and Pinker: China Glaze I Herd That
Ring: Sally Hansen Black Out
Stamping Plates: Thumb and ring fingers, Vivid Lacquer 013
Middle finger, Wintstonia 119

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Geometric Nails

Hi everyone! I've been wanting to do crazier nails lately, and to use some of my stamping plates (it's been a while-- the summer was all about gradients), so I have this geometric manicure.  The polishes I used are: OPI Moon Over Mumbai (grey), Sally Hansen Black Out (black), Sinful Color Thimbleberry (coral). Stamping plates: Cheeky 13, Mash 45. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tweed Fan Brush Nails

Here's a fall tweed fan brush manicure in orange, burgundy, copper, and brown. The polishes are China Glaze Wagon Trail, Harvest Moon, Kalahari Kiss, Call of the Wild, Desert Sun, and OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. 

Inspiration for this manicure is an orange tweed skirt: 
source for photo. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Copycat Autumn Leaves Jelly Stamp Sandwich

Short and sweet today: I love this new technique! My inspiration for this manicure came from here and here.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fall Reverse French

I love fall colors, so here's a red-orange and burgundy-brown reverse french manicure. The orange is Cordur-Orange by Finger Paints, and the brown is China Glaze Call of the Wild. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Boooo, Revlon!

I'm bummed. I just found out that Revlon (and therefore Sinful Colors, since Revlon owns SC) tests on animals. Here's the post from PETA. So, that clinches it, no more new Revlon or Sinful Colors for Tin Roof Nails. I'm posting this because many of my readers have asked about whether Sinful Colors is cruelty-free, and because I have used both Revlon and Sinful Colors for years and featured them on this blog. Michael Scott knows exactly how I feel.

link to bunny photo source.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Grandma's Doily Nails

Mix and match granny nails...well, granny by way of Anthropology, maybe. I think these nails happened because I've been on a Golden Girls kick lately. I love that show. All the wit, pastel, and batwing sweaters you could ask for. 

Base Color: OPI Care to Danse
White: Sinful Colors White
Teal: Essie Turquoise and Caicos
Sparkles: Revlon Starry Pink

Techniques: taping and stamping

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day, Everyone!

Happy Fourth of July!!! For this manicure, I used Essie Really Red, with Sinful Colors Snow Me White with Bundle Monster plate 21, and Orly Star of Bombay with Mash plate 50. Topcoat is Seche Vite. *

*Admission of blogger lameness: I originally posted this manicure last year, but am reposting it this year because I like it so much. And because I ran out of time to do a new one. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mani Refresh

Here is my two-day-old reverse french manicure that has a little tipwear, as you can see. 

Rather than do another manicure, I take my nail art pen (or a sharpie) and cover the tipwear.  

You can leave it at that and just put a new layer of topcoat on. Or, you could do something to change up your manicure. I put on a coat of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in Tweedy (the Fuzzy polishes from Sally Hansen are dead-on dupes of Nails, Inc., Feather, except half the price). I'm iffy about the result. I think the black and white is cool, but the bar glitter might be a little to chaotic for my taste. I do like the feather/fuzzy look when it's not being used as a topcoat, but as an opaque topcoat. Takes a while to build, though. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Watermarble Accent Manicure

I've been off of water marbles for a while now, mostly because they are very time-consuming. I recently bought China Glaze Passion For Petals, a cool color that exists between extremes. It's almost a bright, but it's a little pastelly. It's almost a mom-shade, but it's a little too bright. It's almost a pastel, but it's a little too faded. It's almost but not quite red-ish. It's kinda pinkish. Maybe a little tiny bit orangy. It's hard to pin down. It's interesting-- way more interesting than a creme has any right to be. Anyway, I put it on, and it wasn't feeling right for my mood or something, so I decided to add a water marble accent on my thumb and ring fingers. I did a semi-monochrome using Revlon Color Stay in Cashmere Pink and China Glaze Fois Gras. I used Seche Vite for the top coat and it's super-glossy. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Gelish: Sinful Colors In the Limelight

Here is an 80s manicure I did using a base color of Sinful Shine (a new gelish polish from Sinful Colors, more on that in a minute) In the Limelight, Konad White Polish with Cheeky stamp #3 for the hearts. In the Limelight is the green that I've been looking for for years: a dusty, faded, kelly green. So pretty. 

I have been very sparing with new polish purchases, because more polish is totally unnecessary given my stash, but I was curious about this line, especially since it's from Sinful Colors, a brand I really like.  
So, Sinful Shine With Gel Tech claims to be shinier and more long-lasting than its regular polishes. I was curious, but since I use Seche Vite for a topcoat, all of my polishes are pretty shiny in the end. I have been curious about Gel polishes, but I change my polish too often for a long-lasting Gel manicure to make any kind of sense, so I haven't tried it yet. This polish is what I call gelish, meaning, it's not technically a gel polish, but it claims to look and last like a gel. I have to say,  I like it. I did the base manicure three days ago, and added the stamp just before I took the photos. Not bad for a three-day old manicure. By now there would usually be obvious chips, especially on my first and middle fingers. 

Here is SC In the Limelight by itself. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nomination for Best Blog Award

I was nominated for Best Blog Award by the sweet and talented Haylee at Dry, Damnit! Thanks, Haylee! 

My 11 questions are:
  1. How did you get into nail blogging? I got into nail blogging a few years ago. I started doing my nails as a way to kick the last before-bedtime cigarette. 'cause you know what's tough to do when you've got two hands with wet lacquer on them? That's right...smoke. It turns out that manicures as a way to stop smoking is pretty effective!
  2. What is your favourite retail brand and why? Oh, this is tough. Hmmm, favorite retail brand. China Glaze is my top brand. The quality is consistently good, they have a lot of collections and variety, they don't test on animals, and the price is fair. On the inexpensive end, is Sinful Colors. The quality is very good, there's plenty of variety, they pay attention to trends, and they are inexpensive enough to be a small impulse buy they also don't test on animals) I'm also a fan of Revlon, which has been doing a lot of chunky glitters (ahem "inspired by" Deborah Lippmann polishes) (aaaand, big surprise, Revlon doesn't test on animals, either). 
  3. What is your favourite indie brand and why? I don't own any indie brands, but I will say that Lynderella makes some pretty cool polishes. 
  4. What is the best manicure you’ve ever done? I was on a water marble kick about a year ago, and I did a cream and brown one that I was really happy with. I wish I could say that I mastered the technique, but it was a total accident. 
  5. Do you have any other interests apart from nails? Of course! I love to sit in coffee shops and read. I like to go to ballet class. I like to sit in comfy pants and watch entire seasons of television with my cat, Lola. Yes, I know...very exciting. 
  6. What is your no.1 source of inspiration? My inspiration for nails probably comes from other bloggers. I learned how to do water marbles from Colette. That girl has skills. Seriously. I learned how to stamp from a tutorial. I also see inspiration in textures and color combinations I see in everyday life. I'm sure other nail polish lovers like me know exactly what I'm talking about. I'll be walking down the street and I'll see a pattern on a piece of clothing someone is wearing, or cover art on a book or whatever, and I'll think of how it could translate to nail art. 
  7. How many polishes do you own? Hmmm...not sure that's a question I want to find out the answer to. Maybe 300? 
  8. What is your favourite colour? Judging by the number of polishes, probably reds and pinks. Judging by my closet, probably black or beige. 
  9. What was the first polish you owned? Well, there was the smelly, sticky magenta polish from old formula Wet n' Wild that I bought in 8th grade. Then there was several decades where I had no polish. After that, sheer pink, then black, then red. Then my polish habit was bitten by a radioactive spider and rampaged over the entire countryside wreaking havoc and leaving behind it the faint smell of acetone.  
  10. What’s your best-kept nail secret? Photoshop. 
  11. What nail art trend do you wish you could rock? Maybe neon nails? I'm too pale for neon to look anything but ridiculous. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

China Glaze Cherry Blossom Applique

These Cherry Blossom appliques by China Glaze are the first store-bought ones I've tried (I've made some, which work just as well). They were trickier to put on than I thought they would be, but I thought it was worth it because the design was so pretty. What about you guys-- do you like appliques, or are you more about doing the art yourself?

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Blurple and Green Nails

Here is a simple design using China Glaze My Bawdy (blurple) and Unpredictable (peacock-green) from the Bohemian Collection (Fall, 2012). I used craft scissors to cut the tape for design on the accent fingers. I've been embracing short fingernails for the last few months. I go through phases with my nails, and right now I'm appreciating short nails in bright colors. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tuxedo Nails: Black + White Reverse French

I keep thinking of this manicure as Tuxedo Nails. It's funny, but I got a lot of compliments on this one, and to me, it looks very simple. But, hey, who am I to turn down a compliment? A note: sorry it's been so long since my last post. Life has gotten busy lately. I started teaching at another school, so that's two colleges, plus tutoring, plus trying to finishing writing a book, plus working on this website, and this one, plus trying to see my boyfriend from time-to-time, aaand that's the story of the month-and-a-half time-lapse since my last post on TRN. See you in another month, hopefully sooner! :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mod Mani

For this manicure, I used American Apparel California Trooper (beige), with an unnamed brown-maroon from a collection that was given to me for Christmas. I used painter's tape to make the design. Really simple! 


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